Narmine Sadeg


Office of investigation into deviated trajectories

Interrogation of a Persian initiatory story

Musée d’Art moderne de la vile de Paris.
May 15 – August 24, 2014

MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI
December 10, 2014 – March 29, 2015.

Exhibition Unedited History:Iran 1960-2014, curated by Catherine David

Multidisciplinary and participatory installation offering an original and unusual reading of a popular story: a diversion of The Conference of the Birds from the iranian poet Farid al-din Attar (12th century). Visitors are invited to reinterpret the elements of the traditional story and have an individual reflection on questions. Each viewer is questioned on his/her place between the winners and losers of the story, with the figure of the bird as a reflection of an existential quest.

* Installation produced by Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris

Typology of deviated trajectories



A selection of visitor responses to the survey presented in the exhibition.

Unspoken Words of Shirin

Interrogation of a Persian love story, 2018

Musée d’Art Contemporain – Marseille (MAC)
Exhibition Quel Amour!?, curator: Eric Corne


The installation Unspoken Words of Shirin refers to a famous book of Persian poetry from the 12th century, Khosrow and Shirin, by Nizāmi (1141-1209). Set in the sixth century, Nizāmi’s verses narrate the love trio of Shirin and her two suitors Khosrow and Farhād.
Unspoken Words of Shirin questions Nizāmi’s poem and offers a reinvention of the story through an inner monologue of Shirin.